Chelela pass is at an elevation of 13000 ft above sea level, considered to be one of the highest motorable roads in Bhutan. It’s about an hour drive from Paro, it passes through lush valleys, pine and rhododendron forest.The drive to this pass was just amazing. This place was not in our initial plan. We added it to our list just the day before we visited this place. That’s the reason why I never prefer any travel agencies, I always believe the finest exploration always lies with the individual instincts.
It’s always exciting to remember the joy we carry, if any last minute call ends up with a fabulous surprise package. It has obviously considered being the best part of our trip. This pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.
Jomolhari is the second highest peak and is also known as “the bride of Kangchenjunga”, and it is the source of the Paro Chu (Paro river) which flows from the south side and the Amo Chu which flows from the north side. And the Jichu Drake is said to represent the protective deity of Paro it seems.
Chele La Pass is the main gateway to Haa Valley.It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Prayer Flags blowing in the wind is just a feeling to be felt. According to Buddhism, The white flags are the prayers for the deceased and the colorful ones brings luck.
Tips from my perspective:
1. Try to carry some warm clothes with you.
2. Go there for Sunrise.
3. Don’t hurry!! Try to spend some good time.
4. Don’t expect any food courts or coffee places or toilets.